Skydive Chicago founder Roger Nelson used to speak often about the importance of using knowledge to dispel fear. That philosophy drove him to do some pretty uncommon things in the skydiving world — like creating a 20-minute tandem class to help educate brand-new skydiving students on gear, procedure and what to expect. Over the years, that training has introduced countless new skydivers to the fundamentals of skydiving, and it has helped each one of its participants set aside nail-biting terror for healthy curiosity. It made them more educated, more comfortable and more open to enjoying their experience fully.
To find out how it works, we can dig in a little to the work of cognitive researcher Robert A. Monroe. Monroe proposed the notion that we should turn our ‘unknowns’ into ‘knowns,’ partaking of a “different overview” as a method of eliminating fear.
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Skydiving legend Rook Nelson is many things to many people. He’s a stone-cold, multi-medalist, multi-disciplinary competitor, owner of one of the biggest, most important skydiving dropzones on the planet, world record organizer, musician and all-around popular guy. He’s been such a feature on the skydiving landscape for so long that you might think – hey! – you know everything there is to know about Rook Nelson.
With all due respect, we’re here to tell you you’re wrong.
We sat down with Rook not long ago to find out some of his favorite kinda-sorta secrets, and we weren’t disappointed. So, without further ado, here’s a quick peek into the inner world of the amazing Rook Nelson.
Skydive Chicago founder Roger Nelson — a total skydiving legend, by the way — developed AFP because he wanted better for his students than the available programs had to offer. He just didn’t see many competent, confident skydivers emerging from those programs, so he took it upon himself to reinvent the system.
In 1984, he did. Roger created the most progressive and complete solo skydiving certification curriculum in the skydiving world. It still is.
AFP doesn’t skimp on the details; instead, it gives additional breathing space to the material (18 levels vs. the standard 8), which greatly increases graduates’ ability to grow strong and excel across skydiving disciplines. A one-to-one instructor ratio puts each student in the care of a highly skilled mentor, and video of each jump is included for each level so the student has a ready reference for every performance tweak.
In the intervening three-decades-plus between then and now, AFP has continued to evolve. The AFP curriculum has inspired the United States Parachute Association’s baseline requirements for self-supervision. And AFP graduates regularly go on to claim National and World Championships.
The team at “The Good Stuff” visited us a few short years ago and their experience is too good not to share again! Join Craig and Rob as they take you step-by-step on their journey from the moment they signed up, to the almost speechless moment upon landing! Be forewarned: it may make you want to jump from a plane!
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